Shady McCoy still ahead of the handicapper at Ascot
The going is officially good, good to soft in places, ahead of Friday’s meeting at Ascot. The action gets under way at 2.20 with a very competitive seven furlong handicap with the weights headed by Realize.
Stuart Williams trains the five-year-old who has won seven of his twenty-three races, most recently beating George Cinq by a neck at Kempton in April. He was runner-up to Basil Berry later that month but this will be his first outing since.
Shady McCoy is in flying form having won five of his last six starts for Ian Williams. He won a six furlong handicap at Salisbury in May off a handicap mark of 64 before following up at Goodwood under a 5lbs penalty. He was beaten at Salisbury in July but bounced back to win over seven furlongs at Leicester before storming to an impressive success at Newmarket last time.
William Buick settled him at the rear of the field before producing him with a sweeping run on the outside to beat Mystical Spirit by a length and a half. He has been pushed up a further 8lbs as a result but he displayed a fine turn of foot that day and will be hard to beat.
Richard Fahey’s Akeed Champion has been expensive to follow in the past but he looked to going the right way with victories at Redcar and Newmarket. He arrived late to catch Easy Tiger on the line at the Suffolk course but ran a dismal race under a 4lbs penalty at Doncaster. Ryan Moore takes over from Jamie Spencer in the saddle and is likely to try to produce the colt as late as possible.
Clive Cox saddles Outback Ruler and Davids Park and the latter looks to have each-way claims. The former won races at Chepstow and Haydock in the summer but has struggled off his current mark while Davids Park was beaten only a head on his first start for the stable last month. He has been racing over much longer distances in Ireland and could be well handicapped.
Trucanini is closely matched with Big Whiskey on their Kempton form from last month. Chris Wall’s mare is 1lb worse off with the latter despite having finished a length behind but may have hit the front too soon that day. Recent winner Queen Aggie and Kempton runner-up Si Senor are others to consider in a wide open contest.
Shady McCoy 2.20 Ascot Friday @9.0 Ladbrokes